BRIT PACK DRIVERS OF THE WEEKEND – 17th June 2018

There was really only one race this weekend: the Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a large contingent of rosbifs participating in all four categories of the race, success was limited. However, we have selected four drivers – as we do every week – whose drives stood out amongst them all. Have a read of the article, then cast your vote for your Brit Pack Driver of the Weekend on our Twitter feed (and below).

It was an unusual Le Mans from a British angle, as there was little success compared to previous years. The highest-placed finisher, Toyota’s Mike Conway, was in the car that always seemed to play second fiddle to the race-winning #8 of Alonso, Nakajima and Buemi. However, the sometime Eurosport commentator was the consummate pro during his stints and finished as the only Brit in the first 14 cars over the line. But even this was not enough in the face of some stunning stints from each of the #8 crew. It simply was a case of the best team won.

In LMP2, former Formula 1 driver Will Stevens was the highest-placed Brit in 15th (11th in class), racing in the Panis/Barthez Ligier. It was a relatively uneventful race for the 26 year old, who just finished ahead of P2 don Harrison Newey. Elsewhere in P2 Paul di Resta (above) seemed to be getting the hang of his United Autosports ride, only to put the car in the wall during Sunday morning.

GTEPro results have usually come thick and fast for British drivers but 2018 saw a poor return and some frustrating races. The Balance of Performance changes seemed to hamper the likes of Sam Bird, James Calado and Darren Turner, with the latter two putting in some great stints in the dark hours despite having little to aim for. Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx were in majestic form for Ford and finished fourth on the road. However, an 11 lap penalty was added to their finishing distance as a result of teammate Tony Kanaan not completing the mandatory six hours behind the wheel. It was tough luck for the youngster and the veteran, both of whom deserve praise for some quality stints.

Another performance of note took place at Le Mans, but not in the main race. Duncan Tappy has raced in many different cars over his career to date, but his come-from-behind drive to beat the Falb/Rayhall pairing in the second Le Mans Cup race was something else.

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